As Mother's Day approaches, I thought back on some of the gifts I've seen moms receive. I wondered how you guys feel: Is any gift better than no gift?
I realize that nobody is obligated to give a Mother's Day gift, but most kids and partners think they should. Sometimes the results can be rather unexpected and not exactly something mom wants.
Have you seen some gifts that just make you roll your eyes? What were they?
I think that no gift is the better option if you can't think of something mom wants or needs. A call, an email or a note saying that you appreciate would be more appreciated.
Small kids are an exception. Anything they put together with a lot of love makes a sweet present.
I would rather have no gift than a craptacular one but I'm easy. Small gift card, bouquet of flowers etc and I'm happy.
Mom to E and C
Yes, any gift is better than no gift. Although we don't make a big deal of it......it is nice to feel appreciated. Certain years (like the year right after I had my first baby he really went all out, or the year where I was heavily pregnant with my third he did the same) other years (like last year) a card and flowers are lovely. I get my appreciation every day......but I will say that it is really heartwarming when he goes out of his way to make me feel treasured. He's smart enough and knows me well enough to not get me something that I would hate or that would be insulting (like, a teddy bear or some sh!t)
I have to say that Robbie has given me some sweet presents that I have had no use for. We used to take him to the dollar store and let him pick out presents for us (we would give some guidance). Two years ago he picked out a purple fly swatter. He had no idea what is was but knew my favourite colour was purple. For me it is all about the thought behind the gift.
Last year I did tell DH that mother's day was to be about me and not his mom, I had just had a m/c and wanted the day for me. It has been fun the last couple of years as Robbie has made me gifts at school. Can't wait to see what he made this year.
Sean (38 )
Robbie (8 )
Bailey (April 2, 2011)
"The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." Caroline Myss
I say any gift is better. I have worn some UGLY costume jewelry that my sons picked out for me when they were young and they would be so disappointed if I didn't wear it to church that day. Now that they are older they just get me a candle or flowers or something easy and I am good with that, I don't want them to spend a lot of money. Now my oldest gets by with a card or phone call since he doesn't live close enough to visit. I think it is different if you have to mail something.
Mom to Lee, Jake, Brandon, Rocco
Stepmom to Ryan, Regan, Braden, Baley
Granddaughters Kylie 10/18/2010 & Aleya 4/22/2013
I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosopy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend. --Thomas Jefferson
I would like some kind of gift. DH usually does a craft with DD (and her friend who doesn't have a dad) so that the small girls have something to give. Last year they painted little wooden boxes for us. It was really sweet.
DSD and I have a ritual called "step moms day" so that we don't compete for mothers day with her mom. For that the gift is time. We will go out shopping or for lunch and just have a nice outing together. It is a lot of fun.
Some of the tackiest gifts can bring a huge "I love you!" My now 27-year-old was looking through my jewelry box this week. One year when she was 7 or 8, she found the MOST beautiful (to a small girl's eye) set of rings. She bartered for them and they became my Mother's Day Gift. For the record, they are gawdy and awful and don't fit. But to me, they represent a child discovering the most lovely thing in the world and wanting me, her mommy, to have it. I've treasured those.
Back to the 27-year-old...She found that set of rings and said, "OMG! What was I thinking? These are awful!" What she was thinking was "I love you, mommy."
So it was the tackiest and least usable gift ever, but one that I love and appreciated.